Charity Datebook 2018 - 2019

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Ballet Palm Beach

Artistic Director: Colleen Smith

10357 Ironwood Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

About Charity: Ballet Palm Beach is dedicated to preserving the art of classical ballet, cultivating new visions in choreography, impacting new generations through the discipline and power of dance, and enriching the community in the timeless aesthetics of a universal art form. Founded in 2001, Ballet Palm Beach is the professional ballet company of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast. The company strives to enrich the community through its numerous outreach programs and community performances. The associated ballet academy offers classes to students beginning at 3 years old. Volunteer opportunities include fundraising, sewing and crafting, grant writing, mailings and more.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties

CEO: Yvette Flores-Acevedo

101 SE Central Parkway, Stuart, FL 34994

About Charity: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties is a mentoring organization founded in 1986, expanding into the Palm Beaches in 2010. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable and most fulfilling things someone will ever do. For just a few hours a month, mentors (volunteers) will have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future (ages 6 to 18) for the better.

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Big Dog Ranch Rescue

President and Founder: Lauree Simmons

14444 Okeechobee Road, Loxahatchee, FL 33470

About Charity: Big Dog Ranch Rescue is a step beyond state of the art. We completely reimagined the “rescue facility” as a campus-centered rescue “community.” Big Dog Ranch Rescue is the largest cage-free, no-kill dog rescue in the country. Our 33-acre campus is designed to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home the animals that rely on us for their very existence. Every day we receive hundreds of requests from high-kill shelters about the dogs that are literally on their last day. Over the past 13 years, Big Dog Ranch Rescue has saved more than 26,000 dogs. Thank you for supporting our mission to save 5,000 dogs and educate 100,000 people every year.

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Boca Helping Hands, Inc.

President of the Board of Directors: Gary Peters

1500 NW First Court, Boca Raton, FL 33432

About Charity: Boca Helping Hands (BHH) provides food, medical and financial assistance to meet basic human needs as well as education, job training and guidance to create self-sufficiency. BHH offers Job Training Programs including Hospitality, Home Health Aide, CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) and IT Help Desk Technician; Serves lunch six days a week and a Thursday night family dinner; Helps 1,100 elementary students in nine schools through BHH Backpacks and distributes 5,000 pantry bags monthly to qualified Palm Beach County residents. If interested in volunteering, please email Melissa Keklik, Volunteer Program Manager, at melissa@bocahelpinghands.org.

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Boy Scouts of America, Gulf Stream Council

CEO and Scout Executive: Terrence Hamilton

8335 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

About Charity: Boy Scouts of America prepares young people to make ethical, moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Scouting is an educational program designed to engage character development, citizenship and personal fitness through adventure, service, achievement and leadership training. Scouting builds character and community through a variety of activities including camping, sailing, community service projects and more. Not only do the programs reinforce the positive development cultivated in home and school, but they also bring opportunity to at-risk youth. The Gulf Stream Council currently serves more than 7,250 Scouts in a seven-county area.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County

President and CEO: Keith “Fletch” Fletcher

11954 SE Dixie Highway, Hobe Sound, FL 33455

About Charity: Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Boys & Girls Clubs alumni have gone on to do great things, such as pursue a career, serve their country and raise a family. We are proud of our alumni and their noteworthy accomplishments. Were you a Club kid? Please share your story with us at bcgmartin.org.

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